Nature’s Gate Organic Shampoo+Conditioner Set–Product Reviews

Today I’m going to introduce you to one of my favorite products on earth. Organic, moisturizing, detangling and smells great, it’s Nature Gate’s Organic Shampoo and Conditioner, if you want to get more specific, it’s the chamomile and lemon verbena set. Where do I start? There’s so much I want to say, including a little secret story I’m sure no one in the world knows. Let’s start this review!
First of all, this is what the Nature’s Gate website says about the shampoo:

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The conditioner:

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I chose this specific set because it was in the ‘dry, damaged hair’ series, which my hair is definitely is. I have permed hair, and it has really damaged my hair to the point of dry, brittle, split ended and especially tangled hell. This thing really overdelivered, combined with the conditioner and another miracle worker coming up in another review, they’re life changing. There was a short period in my life when I went crazy and wanted to experiment with other products just to see how they would measure up, and I’ve learned my lesson. Never mess with other products! My hair went even more brittle than normal, hair was falling out and breaking when I lightly tugged on or twirled a strand of my hair. My hair went thin, flat, boring, dull, and I was plain shocked. My hair was in a terrible state, breaking all over the place. That was a lesson I’ll never forget.
When I converted back to my Nature’s Gate products, the recovery was quick and so amazing. My hair was healthy, shiny and gorgeous! My hair didn’t fall out, it didn’t tangle, and I looked and felt better. And I smelled great, too!

Here’s my normal showering routine:
1. I rinse my whole body and hair until fully soaked.
2. I always, always start with the shampoo. I squeeze a small dollop onto my hand and massage it into my hair and scalp until my hair is full of white foamy bubbles.
3. Rinsing off everything, I squeeze a larger dollop of conditioner (I need a lot for detangling) and comb it through my hair with my fingers and let it sit for approximately three minutes, as instructed on the bottle.
4. I rinse off the conditioner and squeeze a small dollop of conditioner, quickly run it through my hair and rinse immediately. This makes sure that there really are no tangles and my hair is perfectly smooth.
5. I wash my body with some Biore soap, rinse off.
6. I towel up, rub some leave in conditioner (will do another glowing review on that) and blow dry it. That’s it!

I have a little story to tell you before I move on to the pros and cons of this product. I have been using these products my entire life, my mom was using it, so naturally I started using it as a kid, then all those years passed, and I’m still using Nature’s Gate to this day. I have no idea when this started but…before I started baking, I still did this. The consistency of the conditioner is really nice–pure white, glossy and perfect for piping soft swirls! Every time when I washed my hair, I always practiced my piping with it, a swirl a day, sometimes lifting the bottle higher to let it drizzle across my hand, sometimes quickly squeezed in a circle piling up so it looked like a swirl you’d see with a normal, plain piping tip. I have no idea why I did this but embarrassingly, I’m still doing it every time I wash my hair. Here are some close ups of the bottles themselves:

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On to the review.

Pros and Cons of the set

Pros–
1. Smells natural and really good
2. Detangles and nourishes my hair
3. Priced at a a very value price
4. Moisturizes and prevents breakage
5. Leaves hair shiny, soft and smooth
6. It is organic, which makes it even more natural!
7. It has never been/is never tested on animals.

Cons–
1. I can’t think of a one. I’m being really scathingly honest here, I’m trying to rack my brain about the cons but…
This product is practically perfect.

Final conclusion:
By all means, GET THIS PRODUCT. I mean it. Especially if you have dry, damaged hair. Nature’s Gate also has a few other series you can check out to see which suits your hair condition, that’s a plus. Please try this out if you’re hesitating or looking for the perfect organic shampoo and conditioner! I have never and won’t ever doubt my mom’s addiction to organic products again, and you shouldn’t either.
Check the website out here

Stay tuned and I’ll be back soon with another review, love ya! xo

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Lemon Sorbet

Lemon Sorbet
2013.9.28 (my birthday!)

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Hi everyone! This is my first blog post, and I hope that someone actually reads this and likes it! I’m starting off my blog with an icy cold lemon sorbet, which I made just yesterday (twice! I never repeat recipes unless they are truly exceptional). It has the perfect balance between tart and sweet, and has got twelve or thirteen stamps of approval. I served this at my birthday party, and the sorbet hadn’t even finished churning in my ice cream machine when there was nothing left, it was such a humongous hit. So I had to make it a second time, and this time I let it fully freeze overnight. Well, whaddya know? It was even better (duh)! It was so perfectly icy and the lemon flavor cut through so fresh and clean, it was amazing. Even my family, who isn’t big on anything sweet I make asked for scoop after scoop of that amazing sorbet! That means a LOT if you know my family.

I know this post is terribly off timing because autumn’s here and I should be posting pumpkin pies and apple tart and cinnamon-related things like that but let me tell you, this is good in blazing, perfect or freezing weather! It’s like frozen lemonade, perfect for any lemon lover ❤

So with further ado, I give you this simple, five ingredient, crowd-pleasing (oh my God, I just stared at the keyboard for five minutes because I didn't know what word could be used to describe this!) recipe for lemon sorbet!
Please do try this recipe for yourselves, this will be the recipe you'll trust me on forever. This looks like a long recipe, but it's not. It just looks like that because I have a lot to say to make your sorbet-making go smoothly! Process photos below, I’m sorry if they aren’t high quality, I’ll get myself a camera soon!

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Lemon Sorbet

Makes about a quart (this can easily be doubled or halved, though I don’t see why anyone would want to)

2 cups of water
1 1/4 cups of sugar
1 3/4 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice, I used about five or six lemons
A good grating of lemon zest, I would suggest one whole lemon
A teeny pinch of salt

First, throw the water, sugar and zest together in a small saucepan over low heat and cook just until the sugar fully dissolves and the water looks clear.

Then bring it up to a simmer and let it simmer for five minutes to fully absorb all of that lemon zest’s beautiful lemony oils.

Pour in the lemon juice and stir it around.

Then just put the whole thing in the fridge to cool down, about three hours, I let it go overnight cause I had the time. Or just throw it in the freezer and check on it every half an hour to chill it faster. Should take about one to one and a half hours, I think.
*You do not want the lemony mixture to be hot! Room temperature is fine, but chilled gets it churning much much faster. Trust me, I’ve tried. And I so regret it.*

Once chilled, pour it into your frozen ice cream machine insert/bowl and let it go for around thirty minutes. Don’t stop when it looks like a crushed ice lemon smoothie and it’s really yellow, it should be really pale, almost white in color and should hold its shape and not sink down when you stop the machine.
*You can, at this stage, throw in any mix-ins you like. I tried chopping up some candied lemon peel, recipe from The Kitchn and it took it to another level of extraordinary.*

Dump the beautiful sorbet into a freezable container, and let it fully set for a few hours.

Share it with your friends, your neighbors, your family…or just eat it all by yourself.

Angelina xo

P.S. The photos below are of my birthday cake! I was planning to make my own…but my friend didn’t know that and bought a cake on his way over! So I didn’t think my little fridge could take that much cake…but there’s always next year, eh? Plus I didn’t want to hurt his feelings by not eating his cake!

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